Premier Dave Hancock

Premier Dave Hancock said the province is ready to put into action the lessons it learned during last year's unprecedented flooding.l (CBC)

From the office of Premier Dave Hancock:

“Significant rainfall in southern Alberta has caused much concern for many communities, especially as it comes so near the one-year anniversary of the 2013 floods.

“The Government of Alberta has been working pre-emptively to co-ordinate responders, and has activated our 24-hour Provincial Emergency Operations Centre. I have also been in touch with municipal and First Nations leaders in affected communities to let them know their government is ready to provide immediate support, whenever and wherever needed.

“Thankfully, the flood threat we are seeing this year is not as severe or widespread as what we experienced in 2013, but we know some people and communities have already suffered damage or may in the days ahead.

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“We are also fortunate that we did not get the amount of rain expected yesterday and we were able to downgrade some of the advisories this afternoon.

To make sure Albertans have the support they need, the Government of Alberta has a number of staff on the ground ready to provide assistance.

“Please take whatever steps are necessary to stay safe, and know that your government is prepared to mobilize further support measures if and as the need arises. We are ready to apply the lessons learned a year ago, and I want all flood-affected Albertans to know they have the full support of their government behind them.”